RALEIGH, or Ráth Laoi, Macroom is regarded as one of the more salubrious residential areas of the mid-Cork town.
It’s also historically significant as the birthplace of Art Ó Laoire, a Catholic landowner who was fatally shot, it’s said, over a horse.
An officer in the army of Empress Marie of Austria in the 18th century, Ó Laoighaire is commemorated in the poem, Caoineadh Airt Uí Laoighaire, written by his wife, Eibhlin Dubh Uí Chonaill.
His pastureland by the Lee is now broken up into farmland and a broad ribbon of one-off houses.
One of these is a very different four-bed on a hill looking north over the town at Raleigh.
Set on a groomed and terraced site, the property is on the market with Godsil Cohalan and has a guide of €450,000.
It’s not a run-of-the-mill dormer and in space terms alone, it’s very big with a bespoke quality to the fittings that sets it apart.
For instance, Connemara marble is used for worktop in the cherrywood kitchen. There are solid cherry floors through most of the house, built-in bookcases, shelving and a host of other extras.
The formal living room has floor length windows looking over the town towards Mullaghanish and Mushera. It has a library and bar area at one end.
The study is on the opposite side of the hallway and it has a cherry partner’s desk with shelving around two walls, all designed and built by Cork-based artisan, Hans Leptien.
The kitchen/dining/sunroom are all one space at the south-facing rear with a sheltered, sun trap patio leading through to a large turning space with double garage.
The house is on three-quarters of an acre of mature, terraced gardens.
There’s a first-floor terrace over the garage, with separate access, and this leads through to a first-floor space of 10.7m by 7m.
On the other side of the landing is a large, master suite, with modern bathroom and Jacuzzi and a separate study area. Downstairs, there are three double bedrooms, including master suite and a large main bathroom as well as lots of storage space. It’s heated by oil with a combi-boiler ensuring pressurised hot water. Broadband is also available.
According to Richard Godsil, the house is offered at a considerably lower level that previous valuations and should attract good interest from town-dwellers looking to trade up and also, from those wishing to relocate, as Macroom is an easy commute to Cork city.
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